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William E. Scott

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William E. Scott

Posted: 15 Oct 2003 11:35PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Scott, Byrd & Gardenhour
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 669-70

William E. Scott. Although he actively entered the political field but a few years ago, William E. Scott, sheriff of Huntington county, is already accounted one of the influential factors in the public and official affairs of this section of the state. A man of courage, self-reliant, progressive in his views and conscientious in the performance of the duties of his office, his administration of affairs is proving an eminently satisfactory one, and he has succeeded in making friends in all political parties. Mr. Scott is a native of the Hoosier state, having been born on his father’s farm in Union township, Wells county, June 24, 1866. He is the youngest son of William and Mary (Byrd) Scott, the former of whom was born in Trumbull county, Ohio. The father came to Indiana as a youth of eighteen years and settled on a farm in Wells county, but after his marriage learned the trade of carpenter, to which he devoted the greater part of a long and useful life. He stood high in the esteem of his fellow citizens, and for some years represented them in the capacity of justice of the peace. His death occurred July 14, 1899, while the mother, who survives him, is a resident of Roanoke, Huntington county, having reached a ripe old age.

William E. Scott was granted ordinary educational advantages, attending the country school of Union township, where he was brought up to agricultural pursuits. He remained in that township until 1895, when he removed to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and for four years was engaged in a mercantile business. Succeeding this he located at Roanoke, Huntington county, and followed the same line, in the meantime devoting a part of his attention to buying and selling hogs and sheep. He met with excellent success in this line and became widely known in Huntington county, especially among the farming class, with which he associated for some eleven years. For a number of years he has been interested in Democratic politics, principally in the interests of his friends, although he also served two years as a member and as chairman on the Democratic County Central Committee. He had proved himself loyal to friends and party, and this, coupled with his splendid record as a business man, brought him into public favor, which resulted in giving him the shrievalty in the election of the fall of 1912. He assumed the duties of his office January 1, 1913, and has since had no difficulty in demonstrating to the people of Huntington county that they made no mistake in their selection and in 1914 they nominated him for a second term as sheriff. There is every reason to feel that still higher honors await this progressive son of Indiana.

In January, 1884, Mr. Scott was united in marriage with Miss Annie Gardenhour, the estimable daughter of John Gardenhour, an old resident of Huntington county. Five children have blessed this union: Thomas, who is now deceased; Nellie, who became the wife of Samuel Rodenhouse; Ruth H. and Rose, who reside with their parents; and Homer O., a detective on the Erie Railroad, and who married Maude Longsdorf, a daughter of Albert and Rosamond Longsdorf. Mr. William E. Scott is prominent and popular in fraternal circles, a member of Roanoke Lodge No. 275, F. & A. M.; of the Roanoke Lodge of the I. O. O. F.; and of the L. O. O. N. fraternity.

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